Ven. Shravasti Dhammika has an interesting recent post about Europe’s native Buddhists. If you’ve never heard of the Kalmyks, well guess what: they’re also Tibetan Buddhists!
Western Buddhist literature is most likely to focus on majority-Buddhist regions of the world, such as Thailand and Burma, but there are in fact many countries where there are large Buddhist communities that constitute a very small minority. Situated not far from where the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held, Kalmykia is one such community.